The June 2010 issue of Tassovets, a newspaper of Russia’s news agency Itar-Tass, ran an article applauding Vietnam’s reform achievements by well-known Vietnam researcher Sergei Afonin.
Afonin, who is also a journalist, wrote the article after his recent visit to the country on the occasion of the 120th birth anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh (May 19).
Having spent many years in Vietnam as a reporter both during the war time and after peace was re-established, Afonin said he was amazed at the great changes in all aspects of the country, when returning for the first time after 23 years.
“Vietnam has made great breakthroughs in terms of both foreign affairs relations as well as domestic socio-economic development,” he said.
The Russian reporter said Hanoi has changed beyond recognition, particularly when construction work is being accelerated in the city to prepare for its 1,000th birth anniversary.
In the article, Afonin covered his visits to new urban sites and new roads in Hanoi, saying Vietnam is developing itself into a more civilised, prosperous and democratic nation. He also visited Ha Nam, Thanh Hoa and Nghe An known as President Ho Chi Minh’s birth place, Afonin said, adding that he had the honour to meet President Ho three times. Together with author Evgheny Kobelev, he published two books about the late Vietnamese President, one of which entitled “Impressions of Ho Chi Minh among Russians” was launched on President Ho’s 120th birth anniversary.